4 Ways To Practice Gratitude Everyday

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November is the month of gratitude and it’s the perfect time to focus on what we are grateful for.

I don’t know about you but 2018 has been somewhat harsh. Yet, in light of recent events, I’ve been reminded time and again to continually give thanks and count my blessings.

It’s easier to complain and pay more attention to what’s not working out.

However, we need to be able to enjoy the small things that are going well for us, allowing us to shift our attitudes more toward gratitude.

Please remember that gratitude is a high level vibration that helps us see from a higher perspective. 

In this blog post, I’d like to share with you 4 ways and habits to help us grow and maintain a gratitude practice everyday.

1| Notice The Small Things

Use everyday moments to experience and notice the "thin slices of joy,” described as events that "are (usually) unremarkable….Although they last two or three seconds, the moments add up, and the more you notice joy, the more you will experience joy." 

We don't have to wait for big moments in order to be thankful.

Look around you. What can you be grateful for in this moment?

Right now, I’m thankful that it’s a beautiful day with gorgeous blue skies. I’m blessed I am able to do what it is I want to do, with a glass of tamarind juice by my side. I’m also grateful that I can wear polka dots and magenta to work. Plus this morning, I had a blueberry mango smoothie that was a beautiful color- simple, healthy and filling.

Train yourself to identify and recognise opportunities to be grateful about even the smallest things, and you’ll be setting yourself up for happiness.

2| Start A Gratitude Journal

It’s helpful to write down 3 things you are grateful for, both in the morning and evening.

I saw this practice many years ago from Oprah and for a while, I kept a gratitude journal. Nowadays, it has evolved into writing it down in my Desire Map Planner.

The practice of writing what you’re grateful for helps you solidify the sense of thankfulness that comes up, which in turn can be a great way to cut down on stress. More than that, it’s solid evidence of all the good things you got going on in your life at any given moment.

Try this for good measure: after a week of writing down what you’re grateful for, go back and revisit the same pages. You will be pleasantly surprised!

3| Use Essential Oils {Wild Orange & Spikenard In Particular}

wild orange

Wild Orange is known as the Oil of Abundance.

In my experience, wild orange inspires us to appreciate the abundance available to us by taking note of the blessings that surround us.

According to the Emotions and Essential Oils book,  wild orange helps us shift from scarcity, rigidity, hoarding, lack of energy and envy to being more abundant, playful, generous, spontaneous, creative and joyful.

How To Use Orange Essential Oil

🍊sniff directly out of the bottle to immediately feel uplifted
🍊diffuse in your spaces to create an uplifting mood. Wild orange pairs well with other citruses, and especially bergamot, grapefruit, lime and tangerine
🍊use it during your bath time in the morning to help prepare you for a joyful, fun and creative day ahead

spikenard

Spikenard essential oil is the Oil of Gratitude. It has a damp, musky smell, because this oil comes from the root. My first experience with this oil was that it didn’t smell too good. Perhaps that’s because I assume I’m grateful but spikenard has revealed something different!}

According to the Emotions and Essential Oils book, spikenard oil helps us move from feeling ungrateful, angry, greedy, selfish and victimised into a space of gratitude, acceptance, contentment and peace.

Spikenard helps us accept and be content with our situation and not ‘wish it goes away!’  The trials are gifts from God, so we need to accept them and magnify the potential of what blessings they can bring to us and our lives.

How To Use Spikenard

a) Rub spikenard on your big toes and inhale. This will help you be grounded so that you aren’t always caught up in your own problems and will allow your perspective to change.

b) You can diffuse 3-4 drops of Spikenard to achieve a calm, relaxing feeling.

c) Blend 1 drop each of Spikenard and Wild Orange oil and count your blessings.  Look for and record all the good things that God and others have done for you. 

d) Put a drop or two in your palms and take several deep inhales to alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety.

You will know when your perspective has shifted because Spikenard will smell nicer to you.

4| Do A Gratitude Challenge

gratitude challenge

I’m taking part in this gratitude challenge for the first time this year.

I'll be focusing on the single word prompts as given each day throughout November. I feel that this is a wonderful way to conclude the

year on a thankful note. 

I’m sharing my thoughts on Instagram daily for the duration of the challenge. ( you can follow me on Instagram if you're not already!)

The goal of the Challenge is to take and/or share something (a photo, illustration, quote, etc.) every day using the prompts to help you feel more appreciative. Feel free to get creative, make up your own prompts, etc. And don’t feel pressured to attain perfection, either.

You can follow along on the hash tag #Gratitude30 and see how and what other people are grateful for.

Of course, you don't have to do them all in a row, but let’s see how our mindset shifts after spending 30 days focusing on what we’re thankful for!


In the meantime, I’d like to know what you’re grateful for today.

Let me know if the comments!